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The Church of Saint James, Chilton Cantelo

Description: The Church of Saint James

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 19 April 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 262619

OS Grid Reference: ST5702522179
OS Grid Coordinates: 357025, 122179
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9974, -2.6138

Location: Chilton Cantelo, Somerset BA22 8BG

Locality: Chilton Cantelo
Local Authority: South Somerset District Council
County: Somerset
Country: England
Postcode: BA22 8BG

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Listing Text


The Church of Saint James


Church. C15 tower and earlier fragments, restored 1864-65 by Sir Arthur
Blomfield. Local stone cut and squared, with Ham stone dressings and
bands; plain clay tile roofs with bands of fish scale and other
ornamental tiles, ornamented terra cotta ridges; coped gables with cross
finials to nave and chancel. Cruciform plan with 3-bay chancel, 3-bay
nave and added South porch and West tower. Tower has offset corner
buttresses; plinth, 3-stages defined by string courses with double
string framing Quatrefoil panels to head of second stage; crenellation
and pinnacles to both buttresses and parapet; stair tower in North end
corner surmounted by C18 weathercock and vane. Small West doorway with
moulded jambs and 4-centred head under square label, foliated spandrils;
immediately above 3-former statue niches, then late C15 subarcuated
4-light traceried window with arcaded transome; to stage 2 two small
2-light windows of the same date, one each on North and South sides,
each with pierced stone baffles; to stage 3 a three-light simple ogee
alternate tracery windows including arcaded transome to all 4-sides,
again with pierced stone baffles; gargoyles above to centres and corners
of each face. Five bells, the earliest being C17. The remainder of the
church of unremarkable C19 work, save for the windows of the North
transept, which were apparently kept from the earlier church: some good
fittings survive inside, including three early piscinae, a fine two seat
stone sedelia of possibly C15, an early C12 font with plain bowl and
shaft and simple scalloped base complete with early lead lining, and a
probably C15 stone screen, now set West of the double panel coffered
tower arch. The C19 timber chancel screen is delicate and well executed.
Basically a Norman Church, it was reconstructed in a Gothic style during
the incumbency the Revd. Charles Old Goodford, D.D. (1848-84), who was
also Provost of Eton from 1862-84, as well as being the Squire of the
Manor of Chilton Cantelo from 1863. (Francis Goulding, Ashington,
Chilton Cantelo, Mudford - the Story of Three Somerset Parishes, 1982).

Listing NGR: ST5702522179

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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